I just re did the bumpers and felt on a 17 year old, higher-end Kasson pool table. It made a big difference.
I loved the Kasson pool table then and love it now. It still looks like an expensive piece of high-end furniture. The basement flooded and I had to get the pool table down and out of there within hours. The guy that took the pool table apart and stored it told me that bumpers have formaldehyde in them that comes to the surface and hardens them over time, especially without a lot of recent play.
I re-did the felt in the bumpers and the pool table as good as new. I paid $400 for new cloth and new bumpers and it was a great investment, as I am starting to shoot pool again.
The guy I used who takes apart, reassembles, and has worked on on pool tables for the last 25 years told me that the construction of the Kasson pool table was really solid. He mentioned this when he had mine taken apart. He said that the three-piece slate was something like 180 lbs or 200 lbs per piece.
I have played pool my entire life and wanted something nice and I still like it. I compared it to a bunch of pool tables over at Family Leisure and at Orner's and I still think Kasson made a nice pool table (at least mine is).
I think that they had said to me, at the time, that the Black Widow used to shoot pool on a Kasson. I could be wrong.